Student Entrepreneurs Win Techweek LAUNCH Competition

June 28, 2012

A team of Northwestern University student entrepreneurs won more than $100,000 in cash and business services in the 2012 Techweek LAUNCH competition, part of the Techweek conference held in Chicago June 22-26.

Techweek Winners

The winning team, BriteSeed, includes Northwestern Law students Muneeb Bokhari JD ’12 and Jonathan Gunn JD ’13, McCormick School of Engineering student Mayank Vijayvergia, and Feinberg School of Medicine student Paul Fehrenbacher. Their business venture, SafeSnips, is a medical device that uses near infra red technology which makes surgical cutting safer and less likely to accidentally cut arteries, which can be fatal.

BriteSeed was one of 34 startups that participated in the competition. The teams showcased and demonstrated their products and services during the conference, and then five teams were selected to move on to a final round of pitches and question and answer session on the conference main stage. 

BriteSeed was born out of the 2011-2012 Northwestern University NUvention: Medical Innovation program, ranked one of the top 10 entrepreneurial programs in the United States by Inc. Magazine. BriteSeedis dedicated to fostering innovative technologies aimed at improving the healthcare experience. Law School faculty member Clinton Francis, who has facilitated and taught  the Medical Innovation program courses for Law School students for five years, worked closely with the team as an adviser throughout the duration of their project. During the five years course the course has been offered, it has launched about 60 student corporations and filed over 60 provisional patents relating to a range of medical innovations.

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